Guide to going greener at home

November 3, 2009 at 7:17 PM Leave a comment

EcoholicHomeI recently got  a copy of Ecoholic Home by Adria Vasil (Vintage Canada, $24.95). It’s an extraordinary collection of green living advice for the home — I love it because it’s very specific information with a lot of phone numbers and web sites listed, and because Vasil doesn’t pull punches about what’s really eco friendly and what’s not.

Here are few tips from the book:
– When replacing your roofing material, opt for a lighter colour shingle or tile to reflect more heat from your home in the summer. “Black roofing materials turn your attic into a scrambled egg.” (Page 264)
– Switch to cloth napkins and ditch paper. “Who says you have to wash them after every use? Get a different napkin ring for every member of the family, so you can keep track of whose is whose.” (Page 12) Or, buy a different cloth napkin style for each person! Don’t forget to wash them in cold water rather than hot.
– Save energy in the kitchen: “Turn your burner or oven off a few minutes before it’s done and coast on free heat.” (Page 79)

For those of you who’ve started your holiday shopping, this book might make a terrific present for someone!

 

 

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